Crime: The Untouchables

Compared with most federal outfits, the Bureau of Narcotics is a midget. It operates with only about 300 agents, spends a piddling $4,400,000 a year. Yet it has a punch that far belies its size—and that punch has made it one of the most controversial organizations in Government. The controversy is over the bureau's insistence, in its relentless and efficient pursuit of narcotics pushers and lawbreaking addicts, that narcotics is chiefly a law-enforcement problem—a view often criticized by doctors and others who believe that addicts ought to be treated as patients instead...

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